Crossing the line: Corruption at the border

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Ricardo Montalvo

Age: 28
Occupation: Border Patrol
Gender: Male
Years of service: 1-5 years
Duty station: Ysleta, TX
Case date: 4-9-2012
Crime: Conspiracy to defraud the United States
Sentence: 51 months in prison/three years supervised release/$100 special assessment
Border Patrol Agent Ricardo Montalvo, 28, and his girlfriend, Carla Gonzales-Ortiz, 29, were arrested April 9, 2012, on 20 counts of conspiracy, firearms and smuggling charges, following an April 4, 2012, grand jury indictment. As part of the conspiracy, Montalvo, who became a Border Patrol agent in 2007, allegedly helped purchase military-type rifles, high-powered pistols and flare launchers – which can be converted into grenade launchers – as well as more than 20,000 rounds of ammunition, according to the indictment. He pleaded guilty in August 2012 to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States. All other charges were dismissed. He was sentenced in November 2012 to 51 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release and a $100 special assessment.
News reports

Flurry of misconduct cases hits border agency (Center for Investigative Reporting, Aug. 27, 2012)


Montalvo indictment (U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, April 4, 2012)